The Nintendo Switch absolutely dominated last year, and for good reason. The console brought a portability and uniqueness that no other console before it had ever done. What’s more, the system had a plethora of games to play, many of which were epic 1st party titles like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Now, with the system in its second year, the need to continue its success is paramount.
So far, we’ve only had an inkling of knowledge of what’s coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Rumor is that a massive Nintendo Direct is coming that’ll unveil more, but that’s uncertain at present. According to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the importance of the second year is not lost on Nintendo. He told Nikkei:
“The second year is important. We want to broaden the user base so that popularity won’t slow down. We’re developing software that will make parents want to recommend their children to play with Switch. For example, with Nintendo Labo which was announced in January, we proposed a new way to play by connecting Switch with constructed cardboard models.”
Kimishima also noted that the smartphone market is important to them, and they want to establish themselves in there as well:
“The consolidated sales amount in this period is expected to exceed one trillion yen. If this level continues then we will need games that will form three to four axes. We’ve already raised a scale that exceeds 10 billion yen, but if we can raise the sales scale with one more zero (to 100 billion yen) the business will be able to stand on its own. We want to be in this situation quickly.”
Nintendo definitely has all the tools they need to make this work. But what comes next is entirely up to them. Let’s hope it’s something great.